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Mark Kirk, GOP Illinois Senate nominee, backs Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination

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WASHINGTON--Illinois Senate GOP candidate Rep. Mark Kirk announced Friday morning that if he were a senator, he would vote to confirm Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination.

"With regard to Solicitor General Kagan, I would support her nomination. Ms. Kagan appears to be modest and thoughtful not because she expected this nomination but because she is modest and thoughtful. Under the Constitution, only the President can make this nomination and Solicitor General Kagan is one of the more careful nominees he could have picked," Kirk said in a statement.

Kirk had been asked for several weeks about whether he would, if in the Senate, vote to confirm Kagan; he said he needed to study all of her written materials. Kagan's nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with only one GOP vote, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

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Statement on Solicitor General Kagan
Congressman Mark Kirk


With regard to Solicitor General Kagan, I would support her nomination. Ms. Kagan appears to be modest and thoughtful not because she expected this nomination but because she is modest and thoughtful. Under the Constitution, only the President can make this nomination and Solicitor General Kagan is one of the more careful nominees he could have picked.

Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 76: "To what purpose then require the cooperation of the Senate? I answer that the necessity of their concurrence would have a powerful, though in general a silent operation. It would be an excellent check upon a spirit of favoritism in the president, would tend generally to prevent the appointment of unfit characters from family connection, from personal attachment, and from a view to popularity."

Under this tradition, the Senate tempered any partisan review of the president's choice. Recently, justices Ginsberg (96-3), Kennedy (97-0), Stevens (98-0), Scalia (98-0), Bryer (87-9) and Roberts (78-22) were confirmed by bipartisan majorities that applied the Federalist standard. I note Solicitor General Kagan earned support from the American Bar Association and conservative judges Estrada and McConnell.

Ms. Kagan's decision to ban military recruiters from Harvard troubled me. During her hearings, she committed to follow the unanimous Supreme Court ruling striking down that ban. I also note she considered the death penalty settled law and successfully won her case before the Supreme Court affirming the government's position against terrorists.

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8 Comments

Kirk is a disgrace. He voted on Cap & Trade and later said that was a 'mistake'. I am not going to be politically correct here. Dumbos stripes don't change.

What a stoop... She see the commerce clause as meaning whatever government says it means.

Why not just wad up the constitutino and throw it away so our overlords can drop the pretense that they don't really rule by fiat.

Kirk continues his drive to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. This foolish position might play well in Chi-town but down state it's a non-starter. I plan on voting for none of the above in this race.

Frankly, why Mark would even be asked about this is a mystery unless the Leftist biased media wants a gotcha moment for Mark.
After all, the entire MSM is supporting the Dem candidate who seems like a real doofus and putting Mark on the spot is for them a real victory. Mark, stick to your agenda and forget the MSM. They hate you and all Pubs. They are a bunch of biased bums so take up Paul Ryan's Contract and push it in the faces of that Gio character that is running with Obama's blessings; the kiss of death.

This is exactly why Kirk will likely lose this race. Announcements like this just upset the conservative base of the Republican party. I know of a number of Republican voters who will not vote for Kirk just because he makes statements like this. He still has my vote, but not for long if he keeps this up.

This is why Republicans shouldn't support Mark Kirk

Much continues to be said, but little is left to be done in regards to President Obama's nominatee, Ms. Kagan, the full U.S. Senate vote on the U.S. Supreme Court appointment!-Born to do battle, drafted at birth!-Michael E. McKinzy, Sr.-07-24-2010

Kirk was a consistent conservative until it was beneficial to his career for him to move to the left. He voted for a horrible cap and tax bill, says he would support another radical for the court, what's next? At least we know what we will get with a liberal. I'm going to send my own message and vote for a democrat for the first time in my life.

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